The Man and the Challenge

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  • Season 1
    • Highway to Danger
      Highway to Danger
      Episode 36
      6/11/60
      8.0
      Barton researches highway hypnosis by subjecting himself to driving conditions that have killed five truck drivers.
    • Breakoff
      Breakoff
      Episode 35
      6/4/60
      0.0
      Barton tries to help a pilot who is experiencing excessive anxiety at high altitude.
    • Early Warning
      Early Warning
      Episode 34
      5/28/60
      0.0
      Barton takes an interest in a single-minded scientist who could be working himself to death.
    • Shooter McLaine
      Shooter McLaine
      Episode 33
      5/21/60
      0.0
      Barton almost dies when a scientist ignoring his own physical limits and Barton's warnings misreads important test instruments.
    • Daredevils
      Daredevils
      Episode 32
      5/7/60
      0.0
      Barton puts the king of syut drivers through an incredibly dangerous test believing that the secret to survival lies in body chemical reactions.
    • High Dive
      High Dive
      Episode 31
      4/30/60
      0.0
      Barton tests a theory about the cause of a loss of equilibrium with the help of a pretty Olympic high diver.
    • The Dropper
      The Dropper
      Episode 30
      4/23/60
      8.2
      A new drug that speeds up perception may help motorcycle policemen maneuver out of the way of deadly debris dropped on the highway by a psychopathic killer.
    • Man in a Capsule
      Man in a Capsule
      Episode 29
      4/9/60
      0.0
      Barton conducts a test of a survival capsule by locking two men in the capsule on the surface of the ocean for three days.
    • The Extra Sense
      The Extra Sense
      Episode 28
      4/2/60
      0.0
      In order to prove that emotional stress promotes telepathy, Barton parachutes from a high precipice.
    • Astro Female
      Astro Female
      Episode 27
      3/26/60
      0.0
      Barton puts four women against four men in order to prove that woman can equal and perhaps surpass males as astronauts.
    • Hurricane Mesa
      Hurricane Mesa
      Episode 26
      3/19/60
      0.0
      Barton conducts a test on a pilot to prove to him that he can still have an important function when he is switched to a desk job.
    • Flying Lab
      Flying Lab
      Episode 25
      3/12/60
      0.0
      To show how fear caused by ignorance of causes can affect performance, Barton flies an airplane into a hurricane without informing part of the crew.
    • Recondo
      Recondo
      Episode 24
      3/3/60
      0.0
      A warden's daughter is held hostage by four escaped convicts.
    • Buried Alive
      Buried Alive
      Episode 23
      2/27/60
      10
      Barton experiments with Yoga to show that it can be helpful in adverting tragedy.
    • Recovery
      Recovery
      Episode 22
      2/20/60
      0.0
      After one of his experiments ends tragically, Barton comes under criticism from the media.
    • The Lure of Danger
      The Lure of Danger
      Episode 21
      2/13/60
      0.0
      Barton goes to the bullfights in Mexico to test his theory that individuals who crave danger may subconsciously want to destroy themselves.
    • Nightmare Crossing
      Nightmare Crossing
      Episode 20
      2/6/60
      0.0
      Barton uses a difficult crossing in a small boat to test candidates for command positions in space.
    • The Windowless Room
      1/30/60
      0.0
      A crack test pilot crashes his aircraft. After the crash he experiences a self-induced paralysis that slowly destroys his career and marriage. Barton restores the pilot's confidence by using hypnotic techniques.
    • Rodeo
      Rodeo
      Episode 18
      1/23/60
      0.0
      Barton investigates the effects of a new rocket belt with the help of a female rodeo rider.
    • Killer River
      Killer River
      Episode 17
      1/9/60
      0.0
      On a cliff above the Colorado River, Barton rescues a parachuted pilot.
    • The Storm
      The Storm
      Episode 16
      1/1/60
      0.0
      Glenn Barton is asked to clear the reputation of a marine scientist who died mysteriously.
    • The Visitors
      The Visitors
      Episode 15
      12/26/59
      0.0
      Dr. Barton and two associates journey to a restricted area where they test possible outfits to be worn by expeditions to other planets.
    • Man Without Fear
      Man Without Fear
      Episode 14
      12/19/59
      0.0
      Barton tests a new chemical called LSD to see if it will produce more courageous firefighters by reducing their fear. It does, but a raging forest fire proves that fear is a necessary part of courage.
    • I've Killed Seven Men
      12/12/59
      0.0
      Barton chooses a rugged ski-patrol sergeant to determine how long a man can last without sleep.
    • Jungle Survival
      Jungle Survival
      Episode 12
      12/5/59
      0.0
      Glenn Barton is sent on a dual mission: test survival techniques in the Amazon Basin and determine the fate of four lost fliers.
    • The Breaking Point
      The Breaking Point
      Episode 11
      11/28/59
      0.0
      A volunteer is sealed in a cell for 30 days and is subjected to psychological torment in order to determine his breaking point.
    • White Out
      White Out
      Episode 10
      11/14/59
      0.0
      Barton researches hypothermia in Antarctica by reducing the body temperature of two doctors. He hopes the experiment will lead to an understanding of how to freeze astronauts to withstand certain aspects of interplanetary flight.
    • Trial by Fire
      Trial by Fire
      Episode 9
      11/7/59
      0.0
      Barton and two newly-married geologists nearly lose their lives when go to an active volcano to test a new type of fire suit.
    • Border to Border
      Border to Border
      Episode 8
      10/31/59
      9.4
      Two antagonistic jet pilots are entered into a Mexican auto race to prove that a team can overcome obstacles better than any single person could.
    • Escape to Nepal
      Escape to Nepal
      Episode 7
      10/24/59
      0.0
      In order to test the U2-21 drug which supposedly increases a man's ability to retain oxygen at great heights, Barton puts a group of mountaineers through a rigorous test in the Rockies before sending them to the Himalayas for a final test.
    • Invisible Force
      Invisible Force
      Episode 6
      10/17/59
      0.0
      In a hostile country, three Americans are being held captive. Barton is asked by a Washington official to form a clandestine athletic unit to free them.
    • Experiments in Terror
      10/10/59
      0.0
      Annoyed by Barton's investigation, a scientist and his secretary conspire to arrange a fatal accident.
    • Sky Diving
      Sky Diving
      Episode 4
      10/3/59
      0.0
      To study the effects of gravity on potential astronauts, Barton goes to France to learn free fall parachuting from a brother-and-sister team of skydivers: Suzanne and Georges Bolet.
    • Odds Against Survival
      9/26/59
      0.0
      Barton investigates our capacity for living for an extended period in a small enclosed space, starting with an underwater habitat.
    • Maximum Capacity
      Maximum Capacity
      Episode 2
      9/19/59
      0.0
      Barton sends two men into the frozen north to test their endurance in extreme levels of cold and isolation. He wants to determine the best way to train men for high security jobs in the Arctic.
    • The Sphere of No Return
      9/12/59
      0.0
      In order to test human stamina at high altitudes, Barton and two other men go up in a balloon. When one panics and fails the required standards he is replaced by a woman which draws a hostile response from the remaining pilot.
Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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